Bicton & Oxon WI

Our diary of events for January 2022 to March 2023

Our programme this time is a little longer than usual. During the Pandemic, the National Federation of Women's Institutes gave members an extra three month's membership after the end of 2020 so our annual membership now runs from April 2022 to March 2023. We usually provide a programme card for the year when members renew, so thought it made sense to synchronise the programme with the new timings. As in 2021, despite the best efforts of Covid-19, we are offering a full programme of events. Enjoy!

28th January 2022 - New Year Party

In Bicton Village Hall

7.30pm for members and partners. We have musical entertainment from Ray and Bev Langton, and the bar will be available. Please bring your own food which you can share with those on the same table. As usual, bring all your own cutlery and crockery, including a mug, and we will provide tea & coffee. Carol is making arrangements for seating, so could you let her know if you are coming, and if you wish, who you would like to sit with on tables of around six. Please let Carol know as soon as possible, then she can let us know a week before who is on which table, and we can each liaise to bring and share for that table. The charge will be £6 per person, to include a strip of 5 raffle tickets. If at all possible, could you pay by bank transfer in advance (see the featured post on the Facebook group page or contact Gilli for details) and let Gilli know that you have paid. If not, please bring the right change on the evening. We ask that everyone attending do a lateral flow test before coming. Masks will of course be mandatory unless sitting down to eat or drink.

January 5th 2022 - West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner

PCC John Campion explains his role in West Mercia

Please note: this meeting may be held on Zoom. Cathy will confirm nearer the time.

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are the voice of the public, responsible for keeping communities safe. They lead policing and criminal justice in their police force area. John has been the commissioner for West Mercia since 2016 and is working hard to repay the trust that our community has given him to be our Commissioner.


https://www.campion4westmercia.com/

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2nd February 2022 - Textile Eco Printing

A demonstration and activity with Jane Hunter

Textile designer Jane will demonstrate how she uses foliage and flowers from her garden and the surrounding landscape to create beautiful dyes and prints.

http://shropshireguild.co.uk/portfolio/jane-hunter-textiles/

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2nd March 2022 - Lasting Powers of Attorney and the Care System

Speaker: Graham Fuller, fbc manby bowdler solicitors

None of us knows when an accident or illness could leave us incapable of managing our own affairs. Graham will guide us through the process of setting up LPAs and explain how they are used in relation to the care system.

https://www.fbcmb.co.uk/lawyers/graham-fuller/

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6th April 2022 - Becoming a Justice of the Peace

Speaker: Helen Thompson

JP Helen Thompson will talk about what it takes and what is involved in becoming a magistrate, or Justice of the Peace.



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4th May 2022 - The Life of Caravaggio

Speaker: Keith Bonser

Born in 1571, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio developed a considerable reputation as both an artist and as a violent, touchy and provocative man, whose short life ended in mysterious circumstances.



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1st June 2022 - Waggons to Wheelbiers

Speaker: Alf Jenkins

Alf Jenkins, MBE, is a Shropshire 'Lad', born at the Dhu Stone Inn, Clee Hill, in the 1930s. Alf's father was an undertaker, wheelwright, smallholder and publican. The area of Titterstone Clee Hills of South Shropshire. At one thousand feet above the town of Ludlow it was a remote hive of industry with its own brand of farming and dialect.



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6th July 2022 - Garden Meeting

Location to be advised at our June meeting

Every year - Covid permitting - we gather at a member's garden to enjoy each other's company and good food - sometimes shared - in lovely surroundings. Where will we be this year?



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3rd (tbc) August 2022 - Summer Outing

Details of this year's outing will be provided by the June meeting

Once again, Carol will be organising our summer's day out. If you'd like to suggest somewhere for us to visit, please let her know by the May meeting.



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7th September 2022 - The Royal Yacht Britannia...

...and her predecessors. Speaker: John Peter Hooley

When the Royal Yacht Britannia was decommissioned in 1997, it marked the end of a long tradition of British Royal Yachts, dating back to 1660 and the reign of Charles II.



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5th October 2022 - Annual Meeting

and British Native Owls

Gillian Hales, from the Chelmarsh Owl Sanctuary, will be bringing live owls with her this evening to show us and talk about



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4th November 2022 - Travels with a Penguin

...to the Antarctic. Speaker: Pen Turner

Pen makes a return trip to talk about her travels, this time to the Antarctic to see real penguins.



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November 2022 (tbc) - Christmas Dinner

For members and partners

Last year's Christmas meal at The Croft (see picture) was a great success. Details of this year's meal and menu will be provided before the October meeting, when payment and food choices will be taken.



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7th December 2022 - Shropshire Folk Songs

Music and history from John Kirkpatrick

Back in 2016, songs dating back to the 17th century were collected as part of a major heritage project. John Kirkpatrick, a former BBC2 Folk Award Winner, has collated 20 songs for the Shropshire Tune Archive and will perform some of them tonight.

https://www.johnkirkpatrick.co.uk/

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4th January 2023 - Shrewsbury Ghost Talk

Speaker: Robert Elliott

Robert Elliott is a most experienced character actor, who has played many leading roles in theatrical productions to much critical acclaim. Tonight he brings us some of Shrewsbury's more unusual history.

https://robertelliott.co.uk/

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27th January 2023 - New Year Party

Bring and share in Bicton Village Hall

Hopefully, we will be back to pre-Pandemic conditions and will be able to share our New Year celebrations with members, partners and the wider community.



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1st February 2023 - Cuan Wildlife Rescue

Speaker: Founder, Megan Morris-Jones

Cuan Wildlife Rescue is dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wild animals and birds. They are the only wildlife rescue centre in Shropshire and offer a round-the-clock service.



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1st March - Muckleton Meats

and Nanny Janny's Jersey Ice Cream

Owner Jan Morgan-Birtles will be telling us how and why her business was set up. There may just be some samples to try and goodies to buy, too.

https://muckletonmeats.com/

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